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Books about Arlington through the Image of America Series. Great books that share the history, happenings, characters, and events throughout Arlington's history.


$20 per book, available to purchase online, as well as available at the Fielder House and Knapp Heritage Park Museums. Proceeds help the Arlington Historical Society meet our objectives of preserving and presenting Arlington's history.


See and read about the people, places and events that shaped Arlington's history.


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Arlington has grown from its frontier origins into the entertainment center of North Texas. Highlights of Arlington's development include Depression-era gambling at Top O' Hill and Arlington Downs, Progressive values in the Berachah Home for Erring Girls, higher education through the University of Texas at Arlington, and economic expansion with General Motors.

More recently, energetic citizens like former mayor Tommy Vandergriff helped bring two professional sports teams to Arlington. Today the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys share top billing with the city's other signature attractions--Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor.


Pub. Date: April 2011
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Paperback 128 pp
ISBN-13: 9780738579818
ISBN: 0738579815


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A fascinating historic saga begins with the modest goal of a little lady to open a tearoom and dining room on a lovely hilltop in eastern Tarrant County. Beulah Adams Marshall located the area she wanted on a wooded elevation on the Intercontinental Bankhead Highway. Marshall's cozy facility soon became popular because of its convenient location and delicious home-style cooking. The plot thickened when Fred and Mary Browning purchased the property and held gambling sessions in the large bedroom. 

The proximity to Arlington Downs Race Track gave an extra fillip that drew even larger crowds. Browning acquired racehorses and added a huge, state-of-the-art stable and a private stone lodging for his prize possession, the gray stud Royal Ford.

Wealthy businessmen, film stars, racehorse owners, and jockeys flocked to Top O' Hill. Soon world-famous boxers came to train in the custom ring and to swim laps in the large swimming pool. Well-known singers, dancers, and jazz bands added their particular spice to the mix. It was Las Vegas before there was a Las Vegas.

Pub. Date: 2012
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC
Authors - Vickie Bryant and Camille Hess
Paperback 127 pp

Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys

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From the Author's Notes:
Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington is an attempt to reflect a profile of a place I've been covering in either the Arlington Citizen-Journal or Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Arlington itself is the primary character. Every community, of course, has a unique history and flavor. But in terms of urban development, Arlington stands alone as the only municipality among the nation's fifty most populous cities to prosper in the midst of-what turned out to be the magic middle-two giant and competing cities, Dallas and Fort Worth. That story, stretching across more than 160 years, is told here in as succinct a manner as I could manage.

Pub. Date: 2012
Publisher: Arlington Woman's Club
Written by O.K. Carter and illustrated by Irene Glass
Paperback 245 pp
ISBN: 9780615672120

Legendary Locals

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Legendary Locals of Arlington

Chapters are:
  1. Founding Families
  2. Movers and Shakers
  3. Enterprise and Endeavors
  4. Temples of Knowledge
  5. Everyday Heroes
  6. Gone, but not Forgotten
  7. Diversions and Delights

Pub. Date: 2013Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SCAuthors - Lea Worcester and Evelyn BarkerPaperback 127 ppISBN: 9781467100588